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Robert Horry thinks the NBA has become a soft "quarterback league"

May 10, 2010, 2:24 PM EDT

Steve Nash was bloodied and injured, just another series for him against the San Antonio Spurs. Except this time it was an inadvertent Tim Duncan elbow that left him with an eye almost swollen shut.

That brought back memories of Robert Horry. He has gone in the minds of some from being “Big Shot Bob” to being “Cheap Shot Bob” after he hipchecked Nash in the 2007 NBA Western Conference Finals.

Think Horry regrets that? Think again, as he told XTRA 910 in Phoenix.

“When I came into the league that was just a normal foul in the playoffs. Now, I call it a quarterback league.

 “You know from that point on I was labeled ‘Big Cheap Shot.’  If you go back and look at the history of basketball it kind of changed.    If you hit guys now you get thrown out of the game.  It is the playoffs.  You play hard and you foul hard and make sure that people remember you so that deters them from going into the lane and going into the paint.  You can be remembered by one thing.  That is one of those things that I am infamous for is that foul on Steve Nash.  I told everybody that if it was anybody in the World other than Steve Nash, I wouldn’t be talked about right now.”

  1. Convair - May 10, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    Horry leaves out one small detail, Thanks to this incident, the Spurs essentially traded a 3.9 points per game bench player for 48.7 points of productivity in Nash (injury), Stoudemire, and Diaw (suspended for leaving the bench), at a key point in a tight series. If teams were to use cheap tactics like this to win series regularly, there would be a lot of angry fans.

  2. billerman - May 10, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    HATE HORRY SO MUCH!!! OMG, HATE!!! A visceral real, tangible hate. DIAF!!!
    It’s not just the Cheap Shot he’ll be remembered for, it’s the fact he only did that crap because they were losing and it’s just his little cry-baby, “Waaaah, I don’t WANNA lose! WAAAAAAAH” attitude about it. It’s the constant low-screens on folks to TRY and hurt them when screening, and unapologetic dirty play. He throws a towel at his coach when he doesn’t like what his coach is saying?! NOW he’s basically saying that’s the way it should be?! No no, it’s not just the hip-check. Horry represents the very worst in people in the NBA. If him and Bruce Bowen were to fall off the planet, this would be a much better place.
    Hey Horry, if you read this… EAT A BOWL OF, well, guess.

  3. Mo - May 10, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    Though back in the day, Stoudemire and Diaw wouldn’t be suspended. If McHale finished the game with nary a flagrant for clotheslining Rambis, do you think there were “one foot on the court” suspensions? Horry is right, the rules got a lot tighter and this would be a relative non-issue back in the day.

  4. billerman - May 10, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    Oh, one more thing… “It is the playoffs. You play hard and you foul hard and make sure that people remember you so that deters them from going into the lane and going into the paint.” Nash wasn’t in the lane, he wasn’t even trying to score and you weren’t contesting a shot attempt. He was running the clock out in a game that was already over and he pretty much just got lucky you didn’t really hurt him!! OMG, HATE HORRY! And, what message were you sending Ainge when you threw your towel at him while he was your coach.. your BOSS? What was he supposed to remember about that? Justify it any way you want to in order to sleep better at night, you were a dirty player who only got dirtier when you were losing and pure talent of your team couldn’t get the job done. Tool!!

  5. Merlin6593 - May 10, 2010 at 5:18 PM

    Really, to put that foul in the category of old school basketball is complete BS. billerman has it correct Horry is a cheapshot artist that can shoot.

  6. Patrick M - May 10, 2010 at 6:09 PM

    Horry’s career is defined by being in the right place at the right time. What, because of 6 or 7 championship rings he thinks he’s got the pedigree to talk about “old school”? Freakin’ bad joke, Rob! Yours is a career of circumstance, happenstance and luck! You’re a 6’10’ guy who played mostly on the perimeter. You yourself would rarely venture into the paint! Soft? Yes, you are! Except of course when it comes to getting physical with guys much smaller than yourself! Go crawl back under your rock with your partner in crime, Bruce Bowen!

  7. RC - May 11, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    Agree wholeheartedly with Billerman. That foul didn’t happen while Nash drove the lane in a tight game… he was on the sideline running out the clock! Cheap shot Bob will be rightfully remembered for this shameful display that ended up costing the Suns a shot at an average Cavs team and a championship.

  8. tay riley - May 11, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    it was just a hard foul. it sucks that nash got hurt as much as he did, but the players know they can’t get off the bench. i dont think horry fouled nash thinking the suns players would get up and start a fight.
    horry had played years and years of basketball by the point and HAD NEVER been known as someone w/ malice intent on the court. if u wanna talk about cheap shots, see bruce bowen.
    …not to mention, it happened in a split second, so horry might’ve miscalculated how hard to foul nash.

  9. billerman - May 12, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    Tay – I understand what you’re saying… I’m not suggesting Horry hard-fouled Nash in hopes of getting the Suns players to leave the bench in a fight then get suspended (that’d be a pretty ridiculous plan). However, there’s just no question the foul was a BS thing to do given the Spurs were down 10 points and there was only like 15 seconds to play. Add to it Nash wasn’t trying to score, he had just collected a re-bound on the Spurs’ side of the floor and was trying to run the clock out. If the Suns were up like 2 or even 5 and there was 15 seconds to play, sure… totally get that. But that’s not how it was. No, Horry was just being a baby and was pissed his team lost so he threw a temper tantrum. He’s a dirty player, he always has been and his level of nasty cry-baby lame dirty play is only outstripped by Bowen. And, I go back to throwing a towel at Ainge… again, Ainge was his boss at the time and he simply didn’t like what Ainge was doing. NUTS! Dirty, cry-baby whiner little beeeyatch Horry is and the league is better without him.

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